【理想丰满现实骨感 Google暂停模块化手机项目】

【理想丰满现实骨感  Google暂停模块化手机项目】13年10月谷歌提出手机模块化项目。旨在让智能手机自由选择与替换甚至移除任何的零组件,让用户可以根据自己的对性能的需求组合手机。但不得不说,现实是骨感的。项目公布已经 3 年,但整个计划尚无实质性进展,因此谷歌终止了该项目。

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Google has 'suspended' work on Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build modular smartphone with interchangeable components.

This is part of a broader push to streamline the company's hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The move marks an about-face for the technology company, which announced a host of partners for Project Ara at its developer conference in May.

Back then said it would ship a developer edition of the product this autumn.

The company's aim was to create a phone that users could customise on the fly with an extra battery, camera, speakers or other components.

A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment on the matter.

While Google will not be releasing the phone itself, the company may work with partners to bring Project Ara's technology to market.

This could potentially be done through licensing agreements, one of the people with knowledge of the matter said.

Axing Project Ara is one of the first steps in a campaign to unify Google's various hardware efforts, which range from Chromebook laptops to Nexus phones.

Former Motorola president Rick Osterloh rejoined Google earlier this year to oversee the effort. Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group in 2014.

Modular smartphones have generated great enthusiasm in the tech community for their potential to prolong the lifespan of a device and reduce electronic waste.

But the devices are difficult to bring to market because their interchangeable parts make them bulky and costly to produce, said analyst Bob O'Donnell of TECHnalysis Research, adding that he was not surprised to see Google halt the project.

'This was a science experiment that failed, and they are moving on,' he said.

Project Ara was one of the flagship efforts of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, which aims to develop new devices, but it had various stops and starts.

Last year, the company shelved plans to sell the modular phone in Puerto Rico with Latin American carriers.

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